TUD Giving Ireland 2into3 Partnership

TU Dublin and Giving Ireland Announce Partnership on PhD

We are delighted to announce the partnership of Giving Ireland (our joint collaboration with Philanthropy Ireland) and TU Dublin. The outcome of this partnership is the creation of a PhD research programme investigating how nonprofits are impacted by the culture of giving and donating in Ireland. This programme, titled: “Sustaining the Nonprofit Economy: An Investigation into Giving Culture and Infrastructure for Charity and Philanthropy in Ireland”, will aim to inform nonprofits and government policy makers to aid decision making. 

We are delighted to collaborate with TU Dublin on this innovative programme, bringing together the nonprofit sector and academia to identify and explore the most pertinent funding issues faced by the nonprofit sector. How to build resilience and growth in the social economy so it meets the needs of those it was setup to support. What does transformative scale look like and how can this be achieved? I’ll be very interested to read the findings the programme will produce”, said Dennis O’Connor, our CEO. 


About Giving Ireland 

Giving Ireland is a collaboration between 2into3 and Philanthropy Ireland. It seeks to provide a platform for the sector that will foster collaboration, provide insights and encourage collective action. The objective of Giving Ireland is to provide insights into charitable giving in Ireland and support informed decision-making.  


Outcome of Giving Ireland and TU Dublin Partnership 

As Ireland experiences significant societal change and the operational environment of nonprofits is increasingly complex, the programme combines industry with academia to address several of the nonprofit sector’s pressing issues, namely, how to scale giving to be transformative, how to move into a future/digital society sustainably/supported by giving, and how to harness policy as a tool to enable giving in a way that bests support a resilient/sustainable social economy and meet the needs of its people. 

 Its aim is to empower nonprofits to improve decision making and to invest in giving and fundraising strategies that gain support from key stakeholders (public, colleagues, boards, regulators, politicians and media), and to reduce barriers to scale charitable and philanthropic giving.  


Giving Ireland Report 

A key output from this programme will be the publication of the annual ‘Giving Ireland’ report that aims to narrow the gap in knowledge on the sector by providing an analysis of its composition, funding and benchmarked performance. This report delves into the funding of the sector, looking at State, Earned, Investment and Fundraised income and exploring the implications of these trends.  

The insights and data published in the Giving Ireland report will further inform the leadership of the nonprofit sector. In the summer of 2022, TU Dublin started the research for Giving Ireland 2022 report, previous Giving Ireland reports were researched and published as part of a collaboration between 2into3 and Philanthropy Ireland. Both 2into3 and Philanthropy Ireland will continue with their support of the Giving Ireland report publication and distribution. 


The Research Partnership 

Dr. Etain Kidney, Head of School, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at TU Dublin said, “This collaboration reflects our commitment in TU Dublin to creating a better future together with our partners. We want to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues, using research and education to drive of social change. Our partnership with 2into3 and Philanthropy Ireland will uncover truths about the unique giving culture here in Ireland and offer insight into how this can be mobilised to benefit those in need”. 

 Éilis Murray, Philanthropy Ireland, Chief Executive Officer said, “We at Philanthropy Ireland are delighted to be involved in this exciting research initiative and we look forward to the insights the findings will bring.  Philanthropy can be a transformative complementary, component of the funding mix, offering the nonprofit sector opportunities for scaling, partnership, and innovation. Data is needed to inform philanthropy, for both funders and grantees. This research initiative is an excellent step in supporting philanthropic activity in Ireland.  


Contact Us 

For more information on Giving Ireland or TU Dublin, visit their website If you have particular research questions, please contact Dennis O’Connor.